And what do those grimy proles who look forward to them have to tell her anyway?
Some of her complaints are justified--about monotonous reading of presentations and so on. These are the same issues that you and I and everyone else, everywhere, have been writing about on blogs for at least 10 years. But then, we are grimy proles, and she has just discovered that water is wet and the sky is blue, so that makes it fresh knowledge.
Next it is our old friend Mark Bauerlein, who has
As with Princeton Prof, he's not entirely wrong, but he seems really shocked that no one wants to be a disciple any more.
I am not Jesus, nor do I play a deity on TV, so I am fine with having a limited number of disciples. I don't see this as the death of the university.
But Bauerlein is also shocked by this:
Since then, though, finding meaning and making money have traded places. The first has plummeted to 45 percent; the second has soared to 82 percent.This reminds me of Dean Dad's lament about college students' idealism. Could it be because students in 2015 have a legitimate concern about finding a job that will pay them a living wage? About the economy being destroyed by Big Finance in 2008 and still not recovering except for vast wealth for the 1% and disgracefully low-wage jobs for the rest of us? About being massively in debt with no way to discharge it (unlike our corporate overlords)?
Yes, both authors have books to sell. Why do you ask? For that reason, I can't blame the authors. If academically privileged people can sell their opinions to the NY Times, and they always can, why wouldn't they?
However, I am at a loss why the editors at the NYTimes consider these opinion pieces as representative of education.
Maybe it's for the same reason that they worry obsessively about the life satisfaction of wealthy, well-educated white women.
Maybe they see opinion pieces from people of privilege as appealing to the same people who will read a lengthy feature article about the Kardashians, because God knows there is a serious, internet-wide dearth of any information about all things Kardashian.
But I would just once like to see an article there that doesn't paint education as a going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket enterprise with people from privileged institutions piling on to make the handbasket go faster.